The Biden transition team has scheduled a speech at 2 p.m. ET about the Affordable Care Act in Wilmington, Delaware.
The speech comes on the day that Supreme Court justices hear oral arguments in a case seeking to nullify the historic health reform law. They will likely hold a preliminary vote at their own conference on Friday and begin the process of writing opinions, although the decision is not expected until the first half of 2021.
The Trump administration, the House of Representatives and the Republican-led Senate have failed to annul Obamacare during Trump’s first two years in Congress. Trump and the Republican Party in late 2017 enacted a tax law that eliminated Obamacare’s single mandate by setting a $ 0 no-insurance penalty.
The Trump administration subsequently joined the Republican-led states arguing in court that the Congressional action made the single mandate unconstitutional, and since it is a central pillar of the Affordable Care Act, the entire law should be repealed.
Tuesday’s speech comes as Biden’s transition process becomes more controversial, as Trump refuses to compromise and makes a series of baseless allegations that seek to undermine the legitimacy of the election. His administration has yet to take the necessary legal step to allow the transition to begin by granting the Biden team access to the $ 6.3 million earmarked for the process, as well as access to federal agencies.